60-Second SoTL – Episode 7

This week’s episode features a recent article from the open-access International Journal for Students as Partners and explores how a group mentorship scheme with students, alumni, and staff supports student learning in a distance education experience:

Foss, Anna M, Sophia Kohler, Sumedh Kulkarni, Natalina Sutton, Mary-Ann Schreiner, Nicolò Saverio Centemero, Grace Mambula, Diederik Lohman, Sarah C Smith, and Rebecca French. 2022. “Triadic Partnerships: Evaluation of a Group Mentorship Scheme.” International Journal for Students As Partners 6 (1): 199-211. https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v6i1.4858.

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Read More about Mentoring Models

  • Deveaux, Faith. 1997. “The Triadic Partnership.” Journal of Family Psychotherapy 8 (1): 43-51. https://doi.org/10.1300/J085V08N01_04
  • Huizing, Russell L. 2012. “Mentoring Together: A Literature Review of Group Mentoring.” Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning 20 (1): 27-55. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2012.645599
  • Terrion, Jenepher Lennox, and Dominique Leonard. 2007. “A Taxonomy of the Characteristics of Student Peer Mentors in Higher Education: Findings from a Literature Review. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning 15 (2): 149-164. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611260601086311

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Read More about Students as Partners

  • Cook-Sather, Alison, and Sophia Abbot. 2016. “Translating Partnerships: How Faculty-Student Collaboration in Explorations of Teaching and Learning Can Transform Perceptions, Terms, and Selves.” Teaching and Learning Inquiry 4 (2): 36-49. https://doi.org/10.20343/teachlearninqu.4.2.5 [Open Access]
  • Cook-Sather, Alison, Melanie Bahti, and Anita Ntem. 2019. Pedagogical Partnerships: A How-To Guide for Faculty, Students, and Academic Developers in Higher Education. Elon, NC: Elon University Center for Engaged Learning. https://doi.org/10.36284/celelon.oa1 [Open Access]
  • Healey, Mick, Abbi Flint, and Kathy Harrington. 2016. “Students As Partners: Reflections on a Conceptual Model.” Teaching and Learning Inquiry 4 (2): 8-20. https://doi.org/10.20343/teachlearninqu.4.2.3 [Open Access]
  • Matthews, Kelly E. 2017. “Five Propositions for Genuine Students As Partners Practice.” International Journal for Students As Partners 1 (2). https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v1i2.3315 [Open Access]
  • Mercer-Mapstone, Lucy, Sam Lucie Dvorakova, Kelly E Matthews, Sophia Abbot, Breagh Cheng, Peter Felten, Kris Knorr, Elizabeth Marquis, Rafaella Shammas, and Kelly Swaim. 2017. “A Systematic Literature Review of Students As Partners in Higher Education.” International Journal for Students As Partners 1 (1). https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v1i1.3119 [Open Access]
  • Mercer-Mapstone, Lucy, and Sophia Abbot, eds. 2020. The Power of Partnership: Students, Staff, and Faculty Revolutionizing Higher Education. Elon, NC: Elon University Center for Engaged Learning. https://doi.org/10.36284/celelon.oa2 [Open Access]

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